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| Why? Why Not!
Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!
|| July 4, 2002
| United States
|| June 28, 2003
|| Team Ota
|| 武上純希 Junki Takegami
|| 浅田裕二 Yūji Asada
| Assistant director
|| 大町繁 Shigeru Ōmachi
| Animation director
|| 酒井啓史 Hiroshi Sakai
| Additional credits
Why? Why Not! (Japanese: ソーナノ！？ジムバッジとソーナンス！！ Sohnano!? Gym Badges and Sonans!!) is the 255th episode of the Pokémon anime. It was first broadcast in Japan on July 4, 2002 and in the United States on June 28, 2003.
Ash plans to go to New Bark Town to register for the Johto Silver Conference now that he has all eight badges even though the Silver Conference is in three months. Team Rocket has plans of their own, they decide to steal Ash’s badges for money or to enter the Conference themselves. They are successful in stealing his badges and run away with them. Meanwhile, Wobbuffet meets a Wynaut in the woods who steals the badges from Team Rocket. When Ash realizes his loss of badges he goes through the list of the Gym leaders he fought to get them.
Team Rocket think a Wooper stole the badges, so they try to find one. While Ash tries on his own to try to find the badges. Noctowl and Bayleef find Wynaut and the badges and some berries it has in a box. But when Team Rocket find Bayleef with the badges, they attack Bayleef and escape with the badges. Clair comes in with Dragonair to chase the Rocket balloon. When Ash gets his badges back he realizes he’s missing his Rising Badge, and Wynaut appears holding the badge. It hands it to Bayleef and escapes without Ash seeing it. Now that Ash has all eight badges, Clair tells Ash the directions to New Bark Town to register for the Johto League Silver Conference.
- For a list of all major events in the anime, please see the timeline of events.
Who's That Pokémon?: Steelix (US and international), Wynaut (Japan)
- On the corresponding page that used to be on Pokémon.com, the episode is called Why? Wynaut! instead of Why? Why Not! However, on the title card in the episode itself the latter title is printed. Therefore, this episode has two titles. Moreover, some dubs, like Iberian Spanish, use translations of the second title whereas others, like Latin American Spanish, use the first.
- Throughout the entire Blackthorn City arc, Wynaut is never seen by a human. This perhaps accounts for its perceived rarity outside of Hoenn.
- This is one of the few times in the anime a member of Team Rocket (in this case, Jessie) refers to Ash by his name and not "twerp" or "brat". The first time was in Fire and Ice when Jessie was talking about how the crowd was cheering for Ash, and the second time was in Will the Real Oak Please Stand Up when she addresses Brock as "Brock".
- All three times Jessie was the one who would say their names.
- She was in disguise during the latter two incidents.
- This is the only episode where a Pokémon from a future Generation is used in Dare da?.
- Music from Pikachu's Rescue Adventure can be heard during Wobbuffet's fantasy.
- When remembering his badges, Ash says he received the Glacier Badge twice. The first one was actually the Zephyr Badge.
- Meowth was holding the leaf that had Ash's badges in it, then it shows Meowth holding nothing, and then holding the leaf again.
- Ash says he won his Plain Badge from Whitney in the Goldenrod Gym, however this is incorrect as he won it on her uncle's Miltank farm. Though its highly possible he was referring to how she is the Gym Leader at Goldenrod.
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